Latest book reviews of 1 July 2009

Wilhelminalaan 33 


The Netherlands.
John Elburg

                                 Chess Books

Dangerous Weapons: The Pirc by Richard Palliser,Colin McNab & James Vigus
Everyman Chess
224 pages
Price $24,95
ISBN 978-1-85744-594-7

If you don’t fear moves as 1 e4 d6 2 d4 Nf6 3 Nc3 g6 4 Be3 Bg7 5 Qd2 0-0 than this exciting, dangerous weapons book from Palliser,McNab and Vigus could be something for you.
Many Dutch players will be surprised to see the classic game Ree- Donner,ZierikZee 1967 as model game, where Donner,a expert on the Pirc, castled with out a trace of  fear into the storm of Ree his pawns.
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f3 Bg7 5.Be3 0-0 6.Qd2 e5 7.Nge2 c6 8.0-0-0 Nbd7 9.Bh6 b5 10.h4 Re8 11.Bxg7 Kxg7 12.h5 Qe7 13.g4 Nf8 14.Ng3 Kh8 15.Be2 Bb7 16.Rdg1 Ne6 17.dxe5 dxe5 18.hxg6 fxg6 19.Qh6 Qg7 20.Qh4 Nd4 21.Bd1 Nd7 22.Nb1 Qe7 23.Qh6 Nf8 24.Nf5 Qc7 25.c3 Nde6 26.Bb3 Nf4 27.Rh2 c5 28.Qh4 Qd8 29.Qh6 Qc7 30.Qh4 Qd8 ½-½
Interesting are the words from James Vigus:,{yes he is responsible for the chapters:1,2 and 5} and  after the move 15.Be2: Fritz evaluates this as almost winning for white,but it’s hardly so simple,since no breakthrough is possible without quite a major sacrifice.15.dxe5 dxe5 16.g5 N6d7 17.Nf5!? gxf5 18.exf5 Nb6 19.f6 is one direct attempt, but 19….Qb4 20.g6 Ne6! Holds for black.Another plausible try is 15.g5 N6d7 16.d5 b4 17.Na4,though black has good counterplay after 17…Nb6!
Indeed there is nothing wrong to castle into the Argentinean storm!
Complete different,kind of set-up is Benjamin’s rare looking 6...e6.: (1 e4 d6 2 d4 Nf6 3 Nc3 g6 4 Nf3 Bg7 5 Be2 0-0 6 0-0 e6,indeed it is not completely creeping around the edges but more in the style of when is white going wrong.
A fine example is the model, correspondence game Tiemann – Zyvlt corr.2002: 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Be2 0-0 6.0-0 e6 7.Re1 Nc6 8.h3 a6 9.Bf1 h6 10.Bf4 b5 11.a4 b4 12.Na2 a5 13.Nc1 Bb7 14.Bh2 Ne7 15.Bd3 c5 16.e5 dxe5 17.dxe5 Nd7 18.Nb3 Qc7 19.Nbd2 Nb6 20.Nc4 Nxc4 21.Bxc4 Rfd8 22.Qe2 Bc6 23.Nd2 Bxa4 24.Rxa4 Qd7 25.Rea1 Qxd2 26.Qxd2 Rxd2 27.Bd3 Nc6 28.Bf4 Rxd3 29.cxd3 Rd8 30.Rc1 Nd4 31.Re1 Nb3 32.Re3 g5 33.Bg3 c4 34.dxc4 Rd1+ 35.Kh2 Nd2 36.h4 Nf1+ 37.Kh3 h5 38.hxg5 Nxe3 39.fxe3 Rh1+ 40.Bh2 Bxe5 41.g3 Bc7 0-1.
This game is well analysed with nearly seven pages of text!
But first I would like to go back to the contents of this book:
1 Castling into the Argentinean Attack
(1 e4 d6 2 d4 Nf6 3 Nc3 g6 4 Be3 Bg7 5 Qd2 0-0 6 0-0-0)
2 Castling into the 150 Attack
(1 e4 d6 2 d4 Nf6 3 Nc3 g6 4 Be3 Bg7 5 Qd2 0-0 6 others)
3 A Neglected Approach in the Classical
(1 e4 d6 2 d4 Nf6 3 Nc3 g6 4 Nf3 Bg7 5 Be2 0-0 6 0-0 c6 7 Bf4)
4 Benjamin’s Flexible 6...e6
(1 e4 d6 2 d4 Nf6 3 Nc3 g6 4 Nf3 Bg7 5 Be2 0-0 6 0-0 e6)
5 A Cunning Sidestep
(1 e4 d6 2 d4 Nf6 3 Nc3 g6 4 f4 Bg7 5 Nf3 c5 6 Bb5+ Bd7 7 e5 Ng4 8 e6 Bxb5 9 exf7+ Kf8)
6 The Delayed Spike
(1 e4 d6 2 d4 Nf6 3 Nc3 g6 4 Be2 Bg7 5 Be3 0-0 6 g4)
7 Not the 150 Attack!
(1 e4 d6 2 d4 Nf6 3 Nc3 g6 4 Be2 Bg7 5 Be3 c6 6 Qd2)
8 Spicing up the Fianchetto Variation
(1 e4 d6 2 d4 Nf6 3 Nc3 g6 4 g3 Bg7 5 Bg2 0-0 6 Nge2 e5 7 h3 a6)
9 Meeting 4 Bg5 in Dragon Style
(1 e4 g6 2 d4 Bg7 3 Nc3 d6 4 Bg5 Nd7)
10 Blunting White’s Bishop on c4
(1 e4 g6 2 d4 Bg7 3 Nf3 d6 4 Bc4 e6)
11 An Early Lunge
(1 e4 g6 2 h4)
12 Trumping a Tricky Transposition.(1 e4 d6 2 d4 Nf6 3 f3 c5)
Where Colin McNab is responsible for the chapters 3,9,10 & 11.
Palliser wrote the lines 4,6,7 and 8.
Pleasant to mention is the Austrian Attack: 1 e4 d6 2 d4 Nf6 3 Nc3 g6 4 f4 Bg7 5 Nf3 c5 6 Bb5+ Bd7 7 e5 Ng4 8 e6 Bxb5 9 exf7+ Kf8,a move that scores on visual-shock value,Vignus yes his contribution in this book are truly superb!
The lazy ones under us can go for 1.e4 g6 2.h4!? but as McNab writes the critical 2…d5,which I have seen adorned with a exclamation mark,is by no means as good for black as some annotators seem to believe.
Conclusion: A hell of a book!

Dangerous Weapons:Anti-Sicilians by John Emms, Richard Palliser & Peter Wells
Everyman Chess
285 pages
Price $24,95
ISBN 978-1-85744-585-5

To keep abreast of latest developments in the ever growing Sicilian Defence is not a easy task,so the idea to shock your opponent with one or other dizzy but easy learning side line can be very pleasant.
With this latest Dangerous Weapon Book from Emms,Palliser and Wells  you are able to surprise your opponents with a small arsenal  of  tricky anti lines.
For example with black, yes this book works with both sides of the board you can go for a line as this: 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6 6.Be3 h5!? Maybe white has to close his eyes and castle in to the storm but as we can lean from Emms in this book, the best way to meet 6…h5 is the simple move 7.h3!
Richard Palliser is good for the line:1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5!?
Palliser writes: Advancing with e4-e5 is positionally quite well motivated;White simply wants to give his king’s knight an active role on e5.Black has various methods to try and equalize, but none are especially dynamic and the Najdorf or Dragon player who revels in unbalanced positions may not feel too at home here.
The included model game between Jack Rudd,Jack (2253) and  Rose,Matthew,played at  West Bromwich,2004 is fascinating.
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 dxe5 5.Nxe5 a6 6.g3 Qc7 7.d4 cxd4 8.Qxd4 Nc6 9.Nxc6 Qxc6 10.Bg5 Qxh1 11.0-0-0 Bd7 12.Bxf6 0-0-0 13.Be5 f6 14.Nd5 fxe5 15.Qxe5 Qxd5 16.Rxd5 e6 17.Rd3 Be7 18.Rc3+ Bc6 19.Rxc6+ bxc6 20.Qxe6+ Kc7 21.Qxe7+ Rd7 22.Qe5+ Kb6 23.b4 Ra8 24.a4 g6 25.Bg2 Rad8 26.Qc5+ 1-0
All together this game is good for six pages of text,but the theory explanations of 10.5 pages is not bad at all.
But first back to the index of variations: 1 Action on the h-file
(1 e4 c5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 g3 g6 4 Bg2 Bg7 5 d3 d6 6 Be3 h5)
2 A Twist in the c3 Sicilian
(1 e4 c5 2 c3 Nf6 3 e5 Nd5 4 d4 cxd4 5 Nf3 Nc6 6 cxd4 d6 7 Bc4 dxe5)
3 Neither Too Early nor Too Late
(1 e4 c5 2 c3 d5 3 exd5 Qxd5 4 d4 Nc6 5 Nf3 e5)
4 Danger with the d4 Gambit
(1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 g6 4 0-0 Bg7 5 c3 Nf6 6 d4)
5 Become a Chameleon!
(1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 e6 4 c3)
6 The Sveshnikov Gambit
(1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Nc3 e5 4 Bc4 Be7 5 d3 Nf6 6 Ng5 0-0 7 f4 d5)
7 Is 4 e5 really so bad?
(1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 e5)
8 Forcing Black to Defend
(1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 e5)
9 Crossing White’s Plans
(1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Qxd4 Nc6 5 Bb5 Bd7 6 Bxc6 bxc6)
10 A Turbo-Charged King’s Indian Attack
(1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 g3)
11 Following in Staunton’s Footsteps
(1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 c4 Nc6 4 Nc3 Nge7)
12 A Remedy to the Nimzowitsch
(1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 e5 Nd5 4 g3)
Richard Palliser wrote the chapters 3,6,7,8 & 9;Peter Wells;2 &4 and John Emms was responsible for the chapters 1,510,11& 12.
A true classic line is 11 Following in Staunton’s Footsteps;
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 c4 Nc6 4 Nc3 Nge7 after 4…Nf6 Emms writes:The main line is 4….Nf6 5.Be2 d5 6.exd5 exd5 7.d4,but it’s virtually impossible for black to dictate the play when white is a tempo up in a symmetrical position,and this is perhaps reflected by the high percentage of draws in practice.
Conclusion: This book is overloaded with creative ideas!

Chess Informant 104
323 pages
Price  £ 20.50

Chess Informator issue 103 comes with 619 annotated games, where  299 of them are completely annotated and 320 of them are game fragments, all taken from September till December 2008.
All games are arranged by openings so it is no problem to see what is going on in your favourite line.
The most important theoretical novelties of the preceding volume goes to the game Naiditsch – Kramnik,Dortmund 2008-103/199,where white found a smashing improvement  in the Petroff; 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.0-0 Be7 8.Re1 Bg4 9.c4 Nf6 10.Nc3 Bxf3 11.Qxf3 Nxd4 12.Qd1 Ne6 13.cxd5 Nxd5 14.Bb5+ c6 15.Nxd5 cxb5 16.Bf4 Nxf4 17.Rxe7+ Kf8 18.Re5 Qf6 19.Qd2!!
Indeed beautiful played, instructive is the excellent made theoretical survey on this line from the opening theoretician Bjelajac.
Completely new in the Informator are the sections Modern Chess Theory,where I found some excellent theoretical ECO surveys on the lines B33,1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 by Bjelajac and good for 47 pages of text !! Indeed this is a complete book on the Sveshnikov.
B12,1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 Nd7 6.0-0 h6 7.Nbd2 Ne7 8.Nb3 by Sasa Velickovic{4 pages}D12,1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3Nf6 4.e3 Bg4 by T.Paunovic{4 pages}and at last the ECO,D17 section by Z.Krnic and good for 5 pages of text.
But there are some more keen novelties in this Informator as for instance, there is a separate section of  152 games all dived from our top 50,ELO 2670-2791 players.
The best of Chess Informant 103 goes to Alexander Khalifman who became FIDE World Chess Championship in 1999.
Here in the Informator you shall find a fine selection best games!
The readers have chosen the ten best games of the 100 golden games and number one became: Ivanchuk,V - Yusupov,A [E67]
Bruxelles (m/9), 1991
1.c4 e5 2.g3 d6 3.Bg2 g6 4.d4 Nd7 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Nf3 Ngf6 7.0-0 0-0 8.Qc2 Re8 9.Rd1 c6 10.b3 Qe7 11.Ba3 e4 N [11...exd4] 12.Ng5 e3 13.f4 [13.f3 Nf8 14.Nge4 (14.Nce4 Bf5 15.Qc3 Nxe4 16.Nxe4 c5µ) 14...Bf5 15.Qc1 Bxe4 16.Nxe4 Nxe4 17.fxe4 c5 18.e5 Ne6 19.exd6 Qxd6 20.Bxb7 Nxd4÷] 13...Nf8 14.b4 Bf5 15.Qb3 h6 16.Nf3 Ng4 [16...g5!?] 17.b5 g5 18.bxc6 bxc6 19.Ne5!? gxf4 20.Nxc6 Qg5 21.Bxd6 Ng6 [21...Nxh2 22.Bxf4 (22.Kxh2 Qxg3+ 23.Kh1 Ng6,) 22...Qh5 23.Nd5÷ . 24.¤ce7, 24.¤e3] 22.Nd5 Qh5 [22...Nxh2 23.Nxf4 Nxf4 (23...Qxg3 24.Nxg6 Qxd6 25.Nge7+) 24.Bxf4 Qh5÷] 23.h4 Nxh4!? [23...fxg3 24.Bxg3 Nxh4 25.Nf4 Qg5 26.Nh3=] 24.gxh4 Qxh4 25.Nde7+ [25.Nce7+ Kh8 26.Nxf5 Qh2+ 27.Kf1 Be5!! . 28.Bxe5+ Rxe5 29.dxe5 Rg8 . £h1, ¤h2, ¦g1# 30.Ndxe3 fxe3 31.Nxe3 Qf4+ 32.Bf3 Nxe3+ 33.Ke1 Rg1+ 34.Kf2 (34.Kd2 Qd4+ 35.Qd3 Nxc4+-+) 34...Rg2+ 35.Ke1 Qh4+ 36.Kd2 Qd4+ 37.Ke1 Rg1+-+;
25.Bxf4!? Qf2+ 26.Kh1 Qh4+= (26...Be4 27.Bxe4 Qh4+ (27...Rxe4 28.Rf1 Qh4+ 29.Kg2 Rxf4 30.Nxf4+-) 28.Kg2 Qf2+ 29.Kh3 Rxe4 30.Rg1±) ] 25...Kh8 26.Nxf5 Qh2+ 27.Kf1 Re6 [27...Nf2? 28.Nxe3 Nh3 29.Bxh3 Qxh3+ 30.Ng2+-;
27...Rg8 28.Nxe3 Bxd4 (28...Nxe3+ 29.Qxe3+-) 29.Rxd4 Nxe3+ 30.Ke1 Rxg2 31.Be5+ Kg8 32.Qd3±;
27...Bf6! . ¥h4-f2, ¦g8, £h1, ¤h2# 28.Rd3 (28.c5 Rg8 29.Qd5 Qh1+!!-+) 28...Bh4! (28...Rg8 29.Rxe3 Nxe3+ 30.Nxe3 Rae8 31.Ne5 Bxe5 32.Bxe5+ Rxe5 33.dxe5 fxe3 34.Qb7 Rg4 35.Qc8++-) 29.Rxe3 Bf2 30.Rxe8+ Rxe8 31.e4 Qg1+ 32.Ke2 Qxg2f] 28.Qb7? [28.Qb5 Rg6 29.Qd5 Qh1+!! 30.Bxh1 Nh2+-+;
28.Rd3 Rg8 (28...Rxd6 29.Nxd6 f3 30.exf3 e2+ 31.Kxe2 Qxg2+ 32.Ke1) 29.Nce7 Bxd4 30.Nxg8 Rg6 31.Bxf4 Qxf4+ 32.Ke1 Bxa1f;
28.Nce7! Rxe7 (28...Rxd6? 29.Nxd6 f3 30.Nxf7+ Kh7 31.Qd3#; 28...Bf6? 29.Qb7+-) 29.Nxe7 (29.Bxe7 f3 30.exf3 e2+ 31.Kxe2 Qxg2+ 32.Kd3 Qxf3+,) 29...Qg3 30.Kg1=] 28...Rg6!! [28...Rg8 29.Nce7] 29.Qxa8+ Kh7 . £h1 30.Qg8+!T Kxg8 31.Nce7+ Kh7 32.Nxg6 fxg6 33.Nxg7 Nf2!!-+ . ¤h3 34.Bxf4 Qxf4 35.Ne6 [35.Rdb1 Nh3+ 36.Ke1 Qh4+ 37.Kd1 Qxd4+ 38.Kc2 Qxc4+ 39.Kb2 Qxe2+] 35...Qh2 36.Rdb1 Nh3 37.Rb7+ Kg8 38.Rb8+ Qxb8 39.Bxh3 Qg3 0-1
Kasparov played four of these ten best games and that is quite impressive.
Conclusion: A must for every ambitious chess player!               

Sharpen your chess tactics by Gary Lane
Batsford Ltd, London
224 pages
Price €17,95
ISBN 978-1-906388-28-7

Sharpen your chess tactics is the follow up from Lane other work, Improve Your Chess in 7 Days.
Again there is the opportunity to run throw this book in a small seven days beginning with : Day 1: So you want to improve your tactics? Day 2: Understanding tactics,Day 3: Develop your creativity, Day 4: Tactics in the opening, Day 5: Tactics in the middlegame,Day 6: Tactics in the endgame and at Day 7: Blunders and brilliancies.
A strong point van Lane is his talent to write readable books as for example his game against Tim Krabbe is a nice example: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nxe5,Lane: it may look insane but after the sacrifice is accepted white’s idea is to chase the knights with his central pawns.I believed it was branded the Muller –Schulze Gambit in 1888 by Oscar Cordel and before that it was simply called …a mistake.The modern and more appropriate name,the Halloween Attack,was dreamt up by a German computer programmer,Steffen Jacob,who put a computer on the Internet which was programmed to play this opeing.He explained:”Many players are shocked-the way they would be frightened by a Halloween mask-when they are mentally prepared for a boring Four Knight’s.And then they are faced with Nxe5..”
4….Nxe5 5.d4 Ng6 6.e5 Ng8 7.Bc4 d6
I had no idea that the Encyclopaedia of Chess Opeings recommends 7…d5 in this position.
8.Qf3 f5 9.e6 N8e7 10.g4 Nh4 11.Qh3 Nc6 12.Be3 f4
I obviously did not appreciate my plight because I should be going wrong after the pawn on e6.Therefore 12…Nb4 is advisable,since after 13.0-0-0 d5 Black is doing well.
13.Bxf4 Nxd4? Instead 13…Be7,intending to castle kingside,gives black a comfortable advantage.
14.0-0-0 c5?
I put this oversight and the previous weak move down to T-Factor which occurs in my 5 minutes every time I go to the kitchen to make a cup of tea and thereby lose the thread of the position.
Here I could have joined the long list of shamed players who have suffered at the creepy hands of the Halloween-correct is 15.Rxd4! when 15…cxd4 16.Bb5+ ke7 17.Qxh4 leads to mate.
15.Ne4? Be7 16.c3 0-0 17.Bxd6 Bxe6 If 17…Bxd6?? Then 18.e7+ is embarrassing for black.
18.Rxd4 Bxc4 19.Rxc4 Bxd6 20.Nxd6 Qxd6 21.Qxh4 Qd5
After the series of exchanges I conjure the last trick both rooks.
22.f3 Qxc4 0-1.
The Halloween Attack is perfect for rapid games on the Internet and for those who want to take a risk by whispering to there opponent: ‘Trick or treat.
On Tactics in the opening, good for day four I found ten well analysed games, where the game Lane – Taimanov,Wrexham,0-1 is so instructive, yes sometimes you learn more from losses than wins!
Anyway it is all good for nearly 4 pages of instructive text!
Conclusion:It is not easy to find a better book to sharpen your tactical skills!

Matten Schaakverhalen
Nummer 6

New in Chess
127 pages
Price €11,95
ISBN 978 90 56912772

The Dutch chess magazine ‘Matten” doesn’t cover any games some times as in this issue one diagram but the story about this diagram is fascinating, as many other stories that I found in this magazine.
I would only take up this magazine if you really have time to read it, otherwise you are in no time lost in time.
This issue of Matten starts  with chess in Hollywood and there is of course as you could see on the cover,the great Humphrey Bogart but did he play so strong as others claim?
Other readable contributions are: The Netherlands only had two real Grandmasters,Euwe & Timman, Grandmaster next to God,Jan Timman and his travel with Berry Withuis to the Junior World Championship in Israel 1967,64 questions to Hans Böhm,Playing chess in the golden cage,” Terror” Jaap won 1.3 million euro in the golden cage,but he is also a very strong chess player who managed to win in the cage from GM Jan Werle!!
Conclusion: Nearly impossible to put down!

Botvinnik - Smyslov
New in Chess
Price €28,95
ISBN 978 90 56912710

Mikhail Botvinnik {1911-95} was one of the greatest chess players of all time and his annotations belong to the absolute top of chess writing.
Botvinnink describes in this superb work the three world championship matches with Vasily Smyslov,where Botvinnink successful defended his title in the first match in 1954 lost the second match in 1957 but won the return match of 1958.
In the 1954 and 1958 match Botvinnik made an outstanding start with 3.5 out of 4!
The notes in this book are truly super instructive, but even more interesting or may I say unique are Botvinnik’s included notebooks  from the years 1957 and 1958.
Botvinnik wrote and used these  openings notes as preparation for his chess repertoire.
Interesting is for example from the notebooks  the following {historical} openings moves: 1.c4 g6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 0-0 7.e4 Bg4 8.Be3 Nfd7 9.Be2 Nc6 10.Rd1 Nb6 11.Qc5 Qd6 12.h3 Bxf3 13.gxf3 Rfd8 14.d5 Ne5 15.Nb5 Qf6 16.f4 Ned7 17.e5,and later well known from the famous game,Botvinnik-Fischer,Varna 1962 where Botvinnik missed Fischer’s move 17….Qxf4!
Fischer wrote in his 60 memorable Games: When I made this move,I felt sure he had overlooked it.
Botvinnik gave later the following words,which is included in Fischer his book: However. if you assess 17…Qxf4 from a objective point of view,then although it is best way out for black,as you will see from what comes later,this position is still difficult.
This all offers us a unique insight of one the most interesting chess legends that always was searching for the absolute truth in chess.
The forward comes from Botvinnik’s nephew Igor Botvinnink,where Igor writes; In the return match of 1958,Vasily Vasilievich found himself facing the Botvinnink of old, with his fierce will to win, armed to the teeth and, most importantly of all,full of energy and motivation.
Included throw the book are some minor corrections from the translator Steve Giddins and Ken Neat.
One of those tournament books you must have read!   

New in Chess Yearbook 91
New in Chess
247 pages
Price €26,95
ISBN 978 90 56912659

In New in Chess Yearbook issue 91, I found the following contributions: Sicilian Defence - Najdorf Variation 6.Be3 Ng4 - SI 14.7 - Vilela
Sicilian Defence - Dragon Variation 10...Rb8 - SI 18.16 - A.Kuzmin
Sicilian Defence - Perenyi Attack 7.g4 - SI 19.14 - Karolyi
Sicilian Defence - Rauzer Variation 7...Be7 - SI 27.10 - Galkin
Sicilian Defence - Sveshnikov Variation 9.Nd5 - SI 37.8 - Rogozenco
Sicilian Defence - Taimanov Variation 5...Qc7 - SI 40.2 - Fogarasi
Sicilian Defence - Taimanov Variation 5...Qc7 - SI 40.4 - Adla/Glavina
Sicilian Defence - Grand Prix Attack 5.Bc4 - SI 49.4 - Grivas
King’s Fianchetto - 4.f4 Line; 4...a6 - KF 14.4 - Finkel
French Defence - Rubinstein Variation 7.c3 - FR 7.4 - Finkel
Caro-Kann Defence - Advance Variation 3.e5 - CK 4.1 - Landa
Ruy Lopez - Exchange Variation 5...Bd6 - RL 8.7 - Boersma
Ruy Lopez - Marshall Attack 15.Qe2 - RL 17.6 - Lukacs/Hazai
Ruy Lopez - Zaitsev Variation 9...Bb7 - RL 26.8 - Van der Wiel
Italian Game - Giuoco Piano 6...a6 - IG 2.10 - Tiviakov
Scotch Opening - Mieses Variation 8...Ba6 - SO 4.4 - Greenfeld
King’s Pawn Openings - Philidor Defence 7...a6 - KP 4.13 - A. Kuzmin
Various Openings - Fajarowicz Gambit 3...Ne4 - VO 17.6 - Gutman
Queen’s Gambit Declined - Tartakower Variation 8.g4 - QO 7.1 - Olthof
Slav Defence - Slow Slav 4.e3 - SL 1.7 - Anka
Slav Defence - Krause Variation 7...Nb6 - SL 4.5 - Lukacs/Hazai
Slav Defence - Botvinnik Variation 16.Na4 - SL 7.8 - Palliser
Catalan Opening - Open Variation 6...dc4 - CA 5.6 - Vladimirov
Nimzo-Indian Defence - Classical Variation 4...0-0 - NI 24.13 - De Jong
Nimzo-Indian Defence - Ragozin Variation 4.Nf3 d5 - NI 27.5 - Antic
Nimzo-Indian Defence - Ragozin Variation 4.Nf3 d5 - NI 27.6 - Panczyk/Ilczuk
Queen’s Indian Defence - ...c6, ...d5 System - QI 6.1 - Tiviakov
Queen’s Indian Defence - Nimzowitsch Variation 4...Ba6 - QI 14.9 - Zakhartsov
Grünfeld Indian Defence - 3.f3 Line - GI 1.1 - Mikhalevski
Grünfeld Indan Defence - Accelerated Russian System 4.Qb3 - GI 3.1 - Ikonnikov
King's Indian Defence - Sämisch Variation 6...Nc6 - KI 35.10 - Kaufman
Queen’s Pawn Openings - Colle System 4.dc5 - QP 6.4 - Panczyk/Ilczuk
English Opening - Symmetrical Variation 4.g3 - EO 40.6 - Marin/Stoica
As you can see there are a lot of hot items as for example in the Marshall Gambit;Not the refution of the Marshall ,But…
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5 c6 12.d4 Bd6 13.Re1 Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 15.Qe2
Hazai and Lukacs write:15.Qe2 is a fairly new idea in the long history of the Marshall Attack.
It was introduced at top level in the game Svidler – leko,Mexico City 2007.White obtained a clear advantage in that game,although it ended in a draw.Later the young Grandmaster Caruana and CsabaBalogh analysed it deeply,with varying success.
The contributions from Genna Sosonko belong to the absolute top in chess writing and always good for some original ideas as this time in the Dragon{1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 d5 10.Kb1 Nxd4 11.e5 Nd7 12.Bxd4 e6 13.f4 f6 14.exf6 Bxf6 15.Qe3 Nb6 16.h4 Bxd4 17.Rxd4 with advantage} and a amazing discover in the  good old Max Lange Attack!{ 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.0-0 Nf6 5.d4 Bxd4 6.Nxd4 Nxd4 7.f4 d6 8.fxe5 dxe5 9.Bg5 Qe7 10.Na3 Rg8! A multi-functional move.Black does not want to castle kingside anyway,so he prepares counterplay in case white decides to take on f6.}
In Forum there is a interesting letter from Marc Schroeder on the Kieseritzky,where the author found a flaw on Anderssen’s play!
Conclusion: There is always something of interest for you in these well produced New in Chess Yearbooks!

The Sorcerer's Apprentice by David Bronstein & Tom Fürstenberg
New in Chess
247 pages
Price €26,95
ISBN 978 90 56912727

The first edition of this book goes back to the 1990s but New In Chess has enlarged and revised this beautiful made chess book with extra games, 32 pages of never seen before photographs, new articles by Bronstein him self, unique memorial material from Bronstein’s his wife Tatiana who was the daughter of Isaak Boleslavsky..
Bronstein is close buried to the grave of Grandmaster Isaak Boleslavsky, colleague, friend, rival and father in law.
And a whole chapter on My experiences with computers written by Tom Fürstenberg,who compiled in a unbelievable way this remarkable book on Bronstein.
Tom Fürstenberg has written this book together with David Bronstein and there friendship goes back to the Chess Olympiad of 1956 where he asked Bronstein for a signature.
This was a begin for a lifetime friendship with the somewhat eccentric Bronstein.
Going throw these 50 deeply analysed games you will agree that Bronstein did consider himself as a artist, probably one of the greatest that the chess world has ever seen.
Interesting are Bronstein his words on his 23rd lost game with Botvinnink:
I have been asked many,many times if I was obliged to lose the 23rd game and if thee was a conspitacy against me to stop me from taking Bronstein’s title.
A lot of nonsense has been written about this.The only thing that I am prepared to say about all this controversy is that I was subjected to strong psychological pressure from various origins and it was entirely up to me to yield to that pressure or not.
Interesting on this subject are the words from Tatiana: Few people knew that,when Devik played this match in the Tchaikovsky Hall,his parents were sitting in the first rankin the audience.As  a former prisoner of several camps his father was forbidden to be in Moscow.Sitting close by in his loge was the powerful chief of the KGB General V.S.Abakumov.While Devik was playing he had to think constantly of this potentially dangerous situation.And,in spite of his subconscious desire not to become World Champion,Devik did not loose this match to Botvinnik whom he did not regard as such an exceptional good player as most thought he was.The result was a draw, proving to the whole world that he had enormous talent and was amongst the very best grandmasters of all time.
Conclusion: A unique chess book  written by a beautiful mind!  


British Chess Magazine No.6
Volume 129
June 2009
Price: £4,05

Starting with: John Saunders reports on the final weekend of the 4NCL Final Weekend
{British Team Championship} good for 19 pages of text,photo’s and some great games as Richard Palliser – Luke McShane,
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f4 0-0 6.Nf3 Na6 7.Bd3 e5 8.fxe5 dxe5 9.d5 Ne8 10.0-0 c5 11.dxc6 bxc6 12.Be3 Nec7 13.a3 Ne6 14.b4 Nd4 15.Ne2 Nxf3+ 16.Rxf3 Nc7 17.h3 Ne6 18.Ra2? f5 19.Bc2 Qxd1+ 20.Bxd1 f4! 0-1,After 21.Bf2 Ng5 22.Rd3 nxe4,white has lost a pawn for nothing.
Lubosh Kavalek looks back at the life of the late Miroslav Filip 27.10.1928-27-4-2009.
Other contributions are: Fide Grand Prix,Venice 1950.Bob’s Wade breakthrough,Speelman on the endgame,Games Departments etc.
Conclusion: I would not like to miss it!             

Chess CD's & DVD's

How to beat younger players by Nigel Davies
Price € 19,90
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM,Windows XP or Windows Vista, Windows Media Player 9.0, DVD drive. 

There are affects as concentration when a chess players reaches the age when he or she has passed the age of 50.
GM Nigel Davies concentrates on this latest Strategy DVD, how to face the young chess talents,with there rapid speed of play and a chess brain that is filled with the latest moves of the Chess Informator.
As Davies explains on this DVD don’t go for a Coca Cola but drink a glass of water, avoid fast food, and the most important of all try to play easy to understand lines as for example a simple to understand opening as  the London System.
As we can learn from Davies try to play quiet lines and use your endgame skills!
Between the lines of the 13 well explained  games on this DVD, I found a wealth of use full tips all together good for around three hours video running time.
Davies does not base chess knowledge on memorizing but totally on logical sense, and this all reminds me at the great Lasker,who played at the age of 67 unbelievable strong as we can see in the following historical model game which is pleasantly video analysed by Davies.
As Davies explains Lasker knew as no other to play on the opponents nerves.
Lasker,Emanuel - Euwe,Max [D12]
Nottingham Nottingham, 1936
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bf5 5.Bd3 e6 6.cxd5 [6.Bxf5 exf5] 6...Bxd3 [6...exd5;
6...cxd5] 7.Qxd3 exd5 8.Nc3 Bd6 9.0-0 0-0 10.Re1 Nbd7 11.e4 dxe4 12.Nxe4 Nxe4 13.Qxe4 Re8 14.Qxe8+ Qxe8 15.Rxe8+ Rxe8 16.Kf1 Nb6 17.Bd2 f6 18.Re1 Rxe1+ 19.Nxe1 Kf7 20.Ke2 Ke6 21.h3 Nc4 22.Bc1 Bc7 23.Kd3 Ba5 24.b4 [24.Kxc4 Bxe1] 24...Bxb4 25.Nc2 Bd2 26.Bxd2 Nb2+ 27.Ke2 Kd5 28.Bc1 Nc4 29.Kd3 Nb6 30.Ne3+ Ke6 31.Nc4 Nc8 32.Na5 Nd6 33.Bf4 1-0.
The greatest miracle in chess is probably the great Viktor Korchnoj who played the following game when he already was passed the age of 57:
Korschnoj,V (2600) - Tiviakov,S (2668) [E17]
9th Open Banyoles ESP (8), 23.08.2006
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 b6 3.g3 Bb7 4.Bg2 e6 5.0-0 [5.d4 Bb4+] 5...Be7 6.d4 c6 7.Nc3 d5 8.cxd5 cxd5 9.Qa4+ Nfd7 [9...Nbd7 10.Ne5;
9...Qd7 10.Qc2;
9...Bc6 10.Qc2] 10.Bf4 a6 11.Rfc1 0-0 12.Qd1 b5 13.a4 b4 14.Nb1 Nc6 15.Nbd2 Qb6 [15...a5 16.Nb3] 16.a5 Qa7 [16...Nxa5 17.Bc7] 17.Nb3 Rac8 18.Rc2 Ncb8 19.Rac1 Rxc2 20.Rxc2 Bc6 21.Bxb8 Nxb8 22.Qc1 Bb7 23.Ne5 [23.Rc7 Bd6] 23...Bd6 24.Bh3 Ba8 25.e3 Qe7 26.Nd3 Qe8 27.Ndc5 Bxc5 28.Nxc5 e5 29.dxe5 Qxe5 30.Bg2 Qf5 31.Nb3 Qd7 32.Nd4 Qd6 33.Bh3 Nd7 [33...g6] 34.Rc8 Bb7 35.Rc7 1-0
As Davies so instructively explains on this DVD it is all a matter of technique!
Conclusion: Higly recommend for all who have passed the age of 50!

The Scheveningen Sicilian by Lubomir Ftacnik
Price € 26.99
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM,Windows XP or Windows Vista, Windows Media Player 9.0, DVD drive. 

GM Lubomir Ftacnik explains you in a impressive seven hours of video running time the Scheveningen Sicilian.
Ftacnik does not run throw the Scheveningen but explains you slowly with understandable words all the necessarily  understanding of this fascinating opening,and for the German chess friends this all is also available in the German language!
The Scheveningen is based on the pawns e6 and d6,these two pawns control many crucial squares as we an learn from the great ChessBase opening’s expert.
Interesting enough the name Scheveningen is related to a beautiful  place,on the coast in the Netherlands and does not owe it’s name to any particular chess player.
Not only the Keres attack,
the most aggressive line in the Scheveningen gets a important turn from GM Ftacnik,but he also handles a scope of lines as for instance the English Attack,one of the sharpest way to handle this line.
A fine example of explained video entertainment  is the following game:
Leko,Peter (2763) - Topalov,Veselin (2788) [B80]
FIDE-Wch San Luis (1), 28.09.2005
[Modern line 9...b4]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f3 e6 7.Be3 b5 8.Qd2 b4 9.Na4 Nbd7N Topalov has prepared a very sharp line at home, that is very risky. [9...Bd7!÷] 10.0-0-0 [10.Bc4 Qa5 11.b3 Bb7 12.a3 d5 13.exd5 Nxd5 14.0-0 Nxe3 15.Qxe3 Qe5 16.Qd2 Qd6 17.f4 bxa3 18.Rad1 Nb6 19.Qa5 Nxc4 20.bxc4 Qb4 21.Qxb4 Bxb4 22.Rb1 0-0-0 0-1 Ewaldt,M-Ftacnik,L/Hamburg 2005/ (31)] 10...d5 11.exd5 [11.Bf4 Bb7 12.e5 Nh5 13.b3 Nxf4 14.Qxf4 Nc5 15.Nxc5 Bxc5 16.Qd2 Qb6 17.Kb1 a5 18.Bb5+ Kf8 19.Ba4 Rc8 20.f4 Bxd4 21.Qxd4 Qxd4 22.Rxd4 Bc6 23.Bxc6 Rxc6 24.a3 Rb6 25.axb4 axb4 26.Kb2 Ke7 27.Ra1 Rc8 28.Ra4 Rbc6 29.Rd2 Rb6 30.Ra7+ Kf8 31.g3 Ke8 32.Ra4 Kd7 33.Rd4 ½-½ Teo Wei Xing-Wee, Singapore 2004] 11...Nxd5 12.Bc4 N7f6 [12...Bb7 13.Rhe1 Qa5 14.Nxe6 fxe6 15.Bb6 Qxa4 16.Bxd5 Be7 17.Bxb7 Nxb6 18.Rxe6 0-0 19.Rxe7 Qxa2 20.Qd4 Rf6 21.Bxa8 1-0 Wang Hao-Nava,R/Instanbul 2005/] 13.Bg5 Qc7 [13...Bb7 14.Rhe1 Be7 15.Nf5! 0-0 16.Bxd5 Bxd5 17.Nxe7+ Qxe7 18.Nb6 Rad8 19.Nxd5 Rxd5 20.Qxd5+-] 14.Bxd5 White could have contemplated also other dangerous idea 14.£e2!? [14.Qe2!? Bd6! 15.Nxe6 (15.Nf5 Bf4+ 16.Kb1 Bxg5 17.Bxd5 Rb8) 15...Bxe6 16.Bxf6 (16.Bxd5? Nxd5 17.Rxd5 0-0-+) 16...Nxf6 17.Bxe6 Bf4+ 18.Kb1 fxe6 19.Qxe6+ Kf8 20.g3 Bh6÷] 14...Nxd5 15.Rhe1 Bb7 16.Qe2 Qd6 17.Kb1 [17.f4!, Nxf4 18.Qg4 Nd5 19.Nxe6+-] 17...h6 18.Bh4 Nf4 19.Qf2 Qc7 20.Nf5? The opening experiment by black has failed and white could have capitalized on his centralized pieces with the winning jump 20.¤b6! [20.Nb6!, Rb8T a) 20...Qxb6 21.Nxe6 Qxf2 (21...Qxe6 22.Qa7!!+-) 22.Nxg7#; b) 20...Qxb6; 21.Nf5 Bc6 22.Qd4 Rg8 (22...Ng6 23.Bg3 Qxb6 24.Qxb6 Rxb6 25.Bc7+-) 23.Nc4!? g5 24.Bg3 Rd8 25.Ncd6+ Bxd6 26.Nxd6+ Rxd6 (26...Kf8 27.Bxf4 gxf4 28.Rxe6+-) 27.Qxd6 Qxd6 28.Rxd6+-] 20...g5! 21.Bg3 Rc8 22.Qd4 [22.Rd2 Rd8 23.Bxf4 gxf4 24.Rxd8+ Qxd8 25.Nc5 Bd5²] 22...Rg8 23.c3? Leko played very badly in time trouble and transformed the position into difficult ending. [23.Qf2!] 23...Rd8 24.Qxd8+ [24.Qe3 Bc6µ] 24...Qxd8 25.Rxd8+ Kxd8µ 26.Ne3 Bc6 27.Nb6 bxc3 28.bxc3 Bg7 29.Bxf4 gxf4 30.Nd1 Bb5 31.a4 Bd3+ 32.Kc1 Kc7 33.a5 Bh8 34.Kd2 Bb5 35.Rg1 Bc6 36.Ke2 Be5 37.c4 Bd4 38.Nf2 Bc3 39.Ne4 Bxa5 40.c5 f5 0-1
The analyses to this game are good for around 30 minutes of your time,all together there are 24 lessons on this overloaded DVD.
But there is more as: A extra database of Scheveningen games with 7919 top games where many of them cover excellent annotations.Plus a extra openings {CTG} key from 16 MB.
So you are also insured with all the latest developments  of the Scheveningen Sicilian!
Conclusion: A very important reference work on the Scheveningen Sicilian!

 Daniel King Power Play 10 Calculation
Price € 25.99
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM,Windows XP or Windows Vista, Windows Media Player 9.0, DVD drive. 

GM Daniel King explains in his 10th DVD of PowerPlay  the technique of calculation,King goes further than only giving a selection of exercises, no he learns you with useful tips  to improve your calculation skills.
A fine example of miscalculation on top level is the following game,which King describes the moves with  the knight to e3  as a straight track:
Kramnik,V - Anand,V [D49]
WC 2008 (5) Bonn, 20.10.2008
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 a6 9.e4 c5 10.e5 cxd4 11.Nxb5 axb5 12.exf6 gxf6 13.0-0 Qb6 14.Qe2 Bb7 15.Bxb5 Rg8 [15...Bd6 16.Rd1 Rg8 17.g3 Rg4 18.Bf4 Bxf4 19.Nxd4 h5 20.Nxe6 fxe6 21.Rxd7 Kf8 22.Qd3 Rg7 23.Rxg7 Kxg7 24.gxf4 Rd8 25.Qe2 Kh6 26.Kf1 Rg8 27.a4 Bg2+ 28.Ke1 Bh3 29.Ra3 Rg1+ 30.Kd2 Qd4+ 31.Kc2 Bg4 32.f3 Bf5+ 33.Bd3 Bh3 34.a5 Rg2 35.a6 Rxe2+ 36.Bxe2 Bf5+ 37.Kb3 Qe3+ 38.Ka2 Qxe2 39.a7 Qc4+ 40.Ka1 Qf1+ 41.Ka2 Bb1+ 0-1 Kramnik,V-Anand,V/Bonn GER 2008 (41)] 16.Bf4 Bd6 17.Bg3 f5 18.Rfc1 f4 19.Bh4 Be7 20.a4 Bxh4 21.Nxh4 Ke7 22.Ra3 Rac8 23.Rxc8 Rxc8 24.Ra1 Qc5 25.Qg4 Qe5 26.Nf3 Qf6 27.Re1 Rc5 28.b4 Rc3 29.Nxd4 Qxd4 30.Rd1 Nf6 31.Rxd4 Nxg4 32.Rd7+ Kf6 33.Rxb7 Rc1+ 34.Bf1 Ne3 35.fxe3 fxe3 0-1
Instructive is the way how King analyses with you the exercises, taken from the German chess magazine  Schach 64: 2r3k1/3nbppp/B3pn2/B5q1/3N4/4PP2/PR2QP1P/6K1 w - - 0 1
Combinations are sometimes fascinating as we can see in the following game: Halkias,Stelios (2584) - Perunovic,Milos (2580) [D24]
XV Bora Kostic Memorial Vrsac (1), 26.10.2008
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.e4 Bb4   6.Bxc4!?   6...Nxe4 7.0-0 Nxc3 8.bxc3 Be7 9.Ne5!   9...Nd7 10.Qg4 0-0 11.Bh6 Bf6 12.Rad1 Qe7 13.Rfe1 Kh8 14.Bc1   14...g6 15.Rd3! Bg7 16.Bg5 What is Black's best defence? 16...Qe8?   [  16...Nxe5 17.dxe5 (17.Bxe7 Nxg4 18.Bxf8 Bxf8) 17...Qc5 (17...f6 18.exf6 (18.Bh4) 18...Bxf6 19.Bxf6+ (19.Bxe6 Bxg5) 19...Rxf6 (19...Qxf6 20.Rf3 e5 (20...Qg7 21.Rxf8+ Qxf8 22.Qd4+ Qg7 23.Qd8+ Qg8 24.Qxc7) 21.Rxf6 Bxg4 22.Rxf8+ Rxf8 23.Rxe5) )   18.Qh4 b5 19.Rh3 (19.Bf6   19...Bxf6 20.exf6 h5 21.Bb3,) 19...h5 20.Be2 Qxe5 21.Re3 Qd5 (21...Qc5 22.Be7 Qf5 23.Bxf8 Bxf8 24.Bf3 Rb8 25.Qd4+ Kg8 26.Re5 c5 27.Qd8 Qc2 28.Rxc5 Qxa2 29.Rc7+-; 21...Qf5 22.g4+-; 21...Qc5 22.Be7+-; 21...Qc5 22.Be7 Qb6 23.Bxf8 Bxf8 24.Bxh5+-; 21...Qd6 22.Be7 Qd2 23.Rd1 Qc2 24.Bxf8 Bxf8 25.Rd8 Qb1+ 26.Bf1) 22.Bf3 Qxa2 23.Bxa8 f6 24.Rf3 fxg5 25.Qxg5+-;
16...f6 17.Nxg6+ hxg6 18.Rh3+ Kg8 19.Rxe6+-;
16...Nf6? 17.Qh4;
16...Bf6!? is probably the best chance: 17.Bh6 (17.h4 Bxg5 18.hxg5 Nxe5 19.Rxe5 Bd7; 17.Bxf6+ Qxf6 18.h4; 17.Bc1) 17...Bg7 18.Qf4 (18.Bxg7+ Kxg7) 18...Bxh6 19.Qxh6 Qf6 with chances to defend.] 17.Rh3! h5 White to play. 18.Rxh5+ gxh5 19.Qxh5+ Kg8 20.Ng4 [20.Nxd7 Bxd7 (20...Qxd7 21.Bf6 Bxf6 22.Bd3 Re8 23.Qh7+ Kf8) 21.Bf6 Bxf6 22.Bd3] 20...f6 [20...b5 21.Bf6 Nxf6 (21...bxc4 22.Qg5 Nxf6 23.Nxf6+ Kh8 24.Qh5+) 22.Nxf6+ Bxf6 23.Bd3] 21.Bxe6+ Rf7 22.Bh6 Qe7 [22...Nf8 23.Bxg7 Kxg7 24.Qh6+ Kg8 25.Nxf6#] 23.Bxg7 Kxg7 24.Nh6 1-0.
This game reminds us at Fischer – Benko,New York 1967,where Fischer made 11out of 11!{Included and well explained by King!}
All together there are 49 calculation sections on this DVD and that is good for around four and a half hour of highly instructive video entertainment.
All video files are also available in the German language!
Conclusion: Unbelievable instructive! 

ChessBase Magazine extra issue 130
June  2009
Levon Aronian wins in Nalchik too

ISSN 1432-8992
Euro 19.95

With one simple click you have access to fascinating video and audio reports from players as Viswanathan Anand,Dorian Rogozenco,Adrian Mikhalchishin,Lubomir Ftacnik,Andrew Martin,Nigel Davies and Karsten Mùller.
Some of them are packed under the column Fritztrainervideos.
In one word outstanding material and much more instructive than any printed book!!
But there is more as a heavy loaded tournament file of 465 entries where a small 34 of them are well analysed!
The highly interesting theory files cover: English A18:1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4 d5 by Tibor Karolyi,Benk Gambit A57:1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.Qc2 by Igor Stohl,Leningrad Variation A18: 1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.c4 Bg7 5.Nc3 0-0 6.Nh3 e6 by Mihail Marin,Caro-Kann B17: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxc4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Ng5 Ngf6 6.Bd3 g6 by Spyridon Skembris,Caro-Kann B18:1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Nc5 by Alexey Kuzmin,Scotch C45: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bb4+ 5.c3 Bc5 by Evgeny Postny,Italian Game C50: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.0-0 Nf6 5.d4!? by Andrei Kovalov,Ruy Lopez C68: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.0-0 Qf6 by Hannes Langrock,Ruy Lopez C93: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 h6 10.d4 Re8 by Mihail Marin Part Two,Queen’s Gambit D38:1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 nf6 4.Nc3 Bb4 by Efstratios Grivas,Grünfeld Defence
 D98/D99: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 0-0 7.e4 Bg4 by Michal Krasenkow and at last the good old King’s Indian E90:1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.h3 e5 7.dxe5 dxe5 8.Qxd8 Rxd8 9.Bg5 Na6 10.Nd5 Rd6 by Dejan Bojkov.
Other colums are Oliver Reeh:Tactics,Peter Wells: Strategy,Daniel King:Move by Move,Rainer Knaak: Opening Trap,ICCF: Tele-Chess with over 1000 entries,Karsten Müller: Endgames! {This column is good for four endgame videos and 15 games!!}
There is no better way to learn endgames than with Karsten Müller!!
Small booklet of 25 pages is included!
Conclusion: Very excititng material!   

Chess Informant 104 on CD
Price  £ 20.50
Chess Informant 95 printed boek + CD is only £ 27.00

The electronic version of the Informator, eye-catching packed and over loaded with extra utilities as chess engines like the bright Crafty.
Going throw these Informator games is a great pleasure, it is only a matter of a clicking around with your mouse.
This program does exactly what you expect from it, as going throw al the latest Informator games, but I could not find the great openings surveys!
Conclusion: A great playing tool!